Ghana Not Aware Of Threat To Citizens In Abuja – Ministry

(File Photo) Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo-Addo

 

Ghana is not aware of any threat targeted at its nationals living in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory in Abuja, the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has said.

The Ghanaian ministry also disowned a security update advising against non-essential trips to Abuja.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration wishes to refer to the travel advisory published this evening, Wednesday 16th November, 2022 advising against non-essential travel to Abuja and wishes to state that the statement was unauthorized,” the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The Ministry is not aware of any threat targeted at Ghanaians who continue to live in harmony with their Nigerian brothers and sisters.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration regrets any inconvenience this may have caused to the travelling public,” the statement added.

 

 

The United States and the United Kingdom had in October warned of possible terror attacks in Abuja, especially at government buildings, places of worship, schools and other centres where large crowds gather. Both countries also commenced the evacuation of their citizens from the Nigerian political capital.

However, Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed dismissed the terror alerts, saying the government won’t be stampeded and that Nigeria is safer than in May 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari came into office.

Attacks

Disturbingly, a number of daring terrorist attacks have been recorded in Abuja in 2022 and other parts of the country. On July 5, 2022, insurgents invaded the Kuje prison in Abuja and freed hundreds of inmates including hardened Boko Haram fighters.

The marauders also in the same month attacked the advance convoy of the President near Dutsinma in Katsina State. The emboldened terrorists would later in August ambush and kill some members of the Presidential Guards Brigade in Abuja.

Similarly, on March 28, 2022, the ferocious terrorists attacked a Kaduna-Abuja train, killed scores, kidnapped many passengers and held them hostages for over six months before their eventual release earlier in October.

On June 5, 2022, terrorists also invaded a Catholic church in Owo, the hometown of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, killed over 40 worshippers and injured scores of members.

Fake Soldier, Kuje Prison Escapee Arrested In Adamawa

Some of the suspects paraded at the police headquarters in Adamawa State.

 

A fake soldier and one of the inmates, who fled the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja following an attack on the facility by terrorists, have been arrested in Adamawa State.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Sikiru Akande, disclosed this on Thursday during a press conference at the Command’s Headquarters in Yola, the state capital.

READ ALSO: Inmate Who Escaped From Kuje Prison Arrested In Ogun

He said the fleeing inmate, a 23-year-old Abubakar Mohammed, who is facing terrorism charges, was nabbed in the north-eastern state while trying to relocate to his native home of Bama Local Government Area of Borno State.

According to the Commissioner, the arrested escapee has been in detention at the Kuje facility since 2017 over alleged involvement in terrorism.

Also nabbed by police operatives are a fake soldier said to be extorting innocent victims and 12 suspected kidnappers and armed robbers. Recovered from the suspects are assaulted firearms and weapons.

Parading the suspected criminals, Akande said the arrest was made possible by police operatives from Mubi Division on Wednesday.

The police commissioner said detectives discovered that the suspect escaped from the Kuje prison upon interrogation.

After getting wind of the information, he said he quickly contacted the Controller of Prisons in Adamawa State, Ahmed Abdulusman.

“Yesterday, detectives in Mubi suspected somebody and after interrogation, they discovered that the boy is of those people who escaped from the Kuje Correctional Centre,” he said.

“Immediately, I got in touch with my brother, the Controller of Correctional Centre in Adamawa State because the act committed by these people is directed at them.”

While noting that any action done against any security service is directed at all agencies, the police commissioner said the Adamawa State Command will leave no stone unturned in tackling criminal activities.

He assured residents of the state of their safety, calling for increased collaboration and synergy among security agencies.

The CP thereafter handed over the suspected terrorist to the NCS Controller for the proper procession, upon which the fleeing inmate will be transferred to Abuja to continue facing terrorism charges.

In his remark, the Prison Controller commended the efforts of police operatives who tracked down the fleeing inmate.

Abdulusman also reiterated the commitment of the Correctional Centre to apprehend other fleeing suspects so that they can answer for their criminal activities.

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Escapee From Kuje Prison, Others Arrested In Katsina

 

A 33 year old, Kamala Lawal Abubakar, of Unguwar Sale Quarters in Danmusa Local Government Area (LGA) of Katsina State has been arrested by the police in the state.

Abubakar who is suspected to be a fugitive from Kuje prison, Abuja was arrested yesterday evening, based on credible information that spurred the Divisional Police Officer of Danmusa and his team to carry out raids on suspected criminal hideouts within the LGA of the State.

In the course of investigation, the suspect confessed to have escaped from Kuje Prison, Abuja, during the recent Kuje jail break.

Police spokesman, SP Gambo Isah in a statement on Friday stated that some quantity of dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp was also recovered in Abubakar’s possession during police search.

He said the suspect will be handed over to Nigerian Correctional Service, for further actions.


READ ALSO: Six Boko Haram Commanders Surrender As Troops Neutralise 42 Terrorists


In a related development, the command has succeeded in busting a notorious syndicate of armed robbers terrorizing Katsina metropolitan area and its environs.

The were arrested on Tuesday, July 5th, 2022.

“Nemesis caught up with the duo of one Abdulrazak Isyaku, ‘M’, aged 25yrs and (2) Muhammad Abubakar, ‘M’, aged 18yrs both of Kambarawa, notorious armed robbers, who specializes in breaking into dwelling houses in Katsina and committing armed robbery at night.

“Suspects were apprehend based on credible intelligence, at Kambarawa Quarters, Katsina and in the course of investigation, two stolen motorcycles one Motobi, ash in colour, unregisterd and Hijoe, red in colour, with registration number KTN 89 QN were recovered in their possessions.

“Suspects confessed to the commission of several armed robbery attacks in the state and mentioned one Muhammed Lalo, ‘M’, now at large, as their accomplice. Investigation is ongoing.

“On 2/07/2022 at about 2233hrs, based on a tip off, the command succeeded in arresting one Bello Sale Jino, ‘M’, aged 25yrs of Modoji village, a notorious leader of kidnap for ransom syndicate and a suspected terrorist. He was arrested in a hideout at Bakuru village, Katsina.

“In the course of investigation, suspect confessed to be a leader of kidnap for ransom gang and was in the village based on the invitation of one Mustapaha Badamasi, that he should come to the village and take a survey of a rich man in the village, who has plenty of cows.

“Furthermore, suspect confessed to have kidnapped many people within Katsina metropolitan and collected ransom ranging from eighty thousand (N80,000) to two hundred thousand (N200,000) naira. Some of his gang members arrested include (1) Muhammed Ibrahim, ‘M’, aged 25yrs of Sokoto Rima Quarters, Katsina (2) Anas Abdullahi, ‘M’, aged 30yrs of Sabon Gida Quarters, Katsina and (3) Mustapha Badamasi. Investigation is ongoing.

“On 07/07/2022 at about 1700hrs, the Command succeeded in arresting suspected killers of one Mallam Dayyabu, ‘M’, of Majifa village, Kankara.

“The fact of the case is that on 10/06/2022 at about 1400hrs, the following suspects (1) Kane Kasimu, ‘M’, aged 35yrs, (2) Yahaya Danmallam, ‘M’, aged 30yrs (at large) (3) Aminu Ba’are, ‘M’, aged 40yrs (at large) (4) Sirajo Dawai, ‘M’, aged 18yrs (at large), (5) Ibrahim Amadu, ‘M’, aged 60yrs (6) Sa’idu Ibrahim, ‘M’, aged 30yrs, all of Gidan Dangwari village, Kankara, attacked the said Mallam Dayyabu while working in his farm land and thereafter attacked his wife at home with intent to kill her but did not met her but destroyed some part of the house. Suspect confessed to the commission of the offence.

“On the 29/6/2022 at about 0700hrs, the command succeeded in arresting the trio of (1) Ayuba Abudullahi ‘m’ aged 25 years old alias Arrow (2) Sagir Sade ‘m’ aged 22yaers and (3) Usman Shu’aibu ‘m’ aged 22 years old.

“Nemesis caught up with the syndicate when attack the residence of the duo of one (1) Sterling Anikezie ‘m’ and (2) Ayingor Sunday ‘m’ all of Malumfashi town and robbed them of Two (2) Tecno android handset valued at one hundred and five thousand naira (₦105,000.00).

“One laptop computer valued at one hundred and fifteen thousand naira (₦115,000.00). The sum of one hundred and sixty-five thousand naira (₦165,000.00),” SP Gambo Isah revealed.

The police spokesman also explained that during the course of the investigation, suspects were arrested hibernating in the house one Hadiza Mamman alias Uwani ‘f’ aged 37 years old in possession of six (6) package of banned substance solution.

According to him, the suspects will be further investigated after which they will be charged to a competent court for onward prosecution.

Jailbreaks: Aregbesola Must Be Fired Now, Says HURIWA

Minister of the Interior, Rauf Aregbesola

 

Civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), on Thursday, said the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, must be sacked with immediate effect over his consistent failure to stop attacks on prisons in the country.

HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said it is distasteful and condemnable that over 15 jailbreaks have occurred under Aregbesola in the last five years while over 3,000 inmates have escaped.

The group also urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to stop asking rhetorical questions on social media on how the intelligence system of the country failed to detect Tuesday attack at Kuje prison in Abuja.

HURIWA said the President should immediately set up judicial panel of inquiry on prison breaks in Nigeria and ensure that such assaults on the entire security apparatus of Nigeria do not recur.


READ ALSO: Kuje Prison Attack: FG Declares Fleeing Boko Haram Suspects Wanted, Releases Photos


Tuesday’s assault on the Kuje Correctional Centre was brutal even as the attackers bombed the prison, killed some security agents and inmates while they set over 600 prisoners free including 69 Boko Haram suspects.

According to media reports, soldiers deployed to Kuje vicinity and the Correctional Center’s environment, who had mastered the terrain, were redeployed 24 hours before the dastard attack.

A certain Mr Tukur Mamu, who is a media aide to controversial Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, said the Kuje prison attackers were members of the Ansaru terrorist group who launched attack and kidnapped scores of passengers in Abuja-Kaduna bound train on March 28.

Reacting, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “The spate of jailbreaks under President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, is alarming and condemnable. Even under then President Goodluck Jonathan who had no military experience or background, jailbreaks weren’t as rampant as what Nigerians see these days.

“The frequent and recurring jailbreaks show the inefficiency of all those President Buhari appointed into office and his unwillingness to sack them show also that the President tacitly want the situation to continue to fester”.

HURIWA demanded the arrest of the persons who allegedly gave the order purportedly for withdrawal of soldiers before the attack.

The group also requested the sacking of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; and his Defence counterpart, Bashir Magashi; for “perpetual incompetence”.

Furthermore, they called for a broad-based judicial panel of inquiry on prison breaks in Nigeria to be constituted.

Kuje Prison Attack: Buhari Presides Over National Security Council Meeting

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding a closed-door meeting with service chiefs and some members of his cabinet at the State House in Abuja.

While it is unclear what the agenda for the meeting is, many believe it is not unconnected to Tuesday’s attack on the Kuje Correctional facility and other security breaches experienced in recent times.

At the meeting today are the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor; Army Staff, Lt. Gen Farouk Yahaya; Air Staff, Air Marshall Isiaka Amao, Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Awwal Gambo and the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.

Cabinet members in attendance include the Ministers of interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi, Defense, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi and Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.


READ ALSO: Kuje Prison Attack: FG Declares Fleeing Boko Haram Suspects Wanted, Releases Photos


Following the attack on the Correctional Facility in Kuje, President Buhari expressed disappointment at the nation’s intelligence system.

Speaking after his visit to the Medium Security Custodial Centre, the president said, “I am disappointed with the intelligence system.

“How can terrorists organise, have weapons, attack a security installation and get away with it?” the president questioned.

Buhari, who, like most Nigerians was shocked by both the scale and audacity of the attack queried: “How did the defences at the prison fail to prevent the attack?

“How many inmates were in the facility? How many of them can you account for? How many personnel did you have on duty? How many of them were armed? Were there guards on the watchtower? What did they do? Does the CCTV work?”.

The president who was accompanied by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff, said that at the end of the visit, he was expecting “a comprehensive report” on the incident.

Terrorism: APC Complicit In Kuje Prison Attack, PDP Asserts

The scene of the Kuje Correctional Centre Abuja where terrorists attacked the facility on July 5, 2022.

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the spate of insecurity and the audacity with which terrorists ravage the country unchallenged, under what the party terms a “rudderless” All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

According to the opposition party,  the simultaneous terrorist attacks on the advance convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina State as well as the Correctional Facility in Abuja, the nation’s capital, underscores the collapse of the nation’s security command and control structure.

In the PDP’s opinion, the failure of the APC to tame the violence and secure the citizens only adds to affirming assertions that the ruling party is complicit in the matter.

PDP Spokesman, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, in  a statement on Wednesday noted that the terrorist attack on President Buhari’s convoy in his home State of Katsina as well as the “ferocious invasion and the freeing of hundreds of terrorists and criminals from the Kuje Correctional Facility further confirm that Mr. President has lost control of the security of the nation and that Nigerians are no longer safe under the APC”.


READ ALSO: ISWAP Claims Responsibility For Kuje Prison Attack


According to him, “the escalated spate of terrorism across the country has heightened apprehensions of complicity by the APC to open up our nation to more terrorist attacks with the view to stall the 2023 general elections.

“The failure of the APC administration to act on the intelligence provided by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) which on Tuesday July 5, 2022 reportedly warned of an impending attack on the Kuje Correctional Facility gives credence to fears by Nigerians of complicity at very high level of the APC administration.

“This is in addition to further reports that soldiers deployed to the precinct of the Kuje Correctional Facility and who had become familiar with the terrain were redeployed 24 hours before the terrorists attacked”.

The PDP through its spokesman demanded that the APC government should come clean on who ordered the reported redeployment of soldiers and who failed to act on the intelligence provided by the DSS.

“Nigerians can recall the public confession by the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai at the wake of the bloody Abuja-Kaduna terrorist attack that the APC-led administration knows the whereabouts and the plans of the terrorists ravaging our nation but deliberately refused to act.

“Nigerians will also recall how APC leaders publicly romanced and paid money to terrorists.

“It is rather distressing that President Buhari appears helpless without any decisive and concrete steps taken to stem the tide of terrorist attacks in our country.

“Even more curious is that President Buhari continues to retain Mr. Isa Pantami as Minister of Communication and Digital Economy to head and coordinate this very critical sector in the fight against terrorism in our country in spite of Isa Pantami’s confession of affiliation to terrorists.

“With the sequence of events in the last 48 hours, it is clear to Nigerians that the APC government headed by President Buhari has failed in the basic purpose of government which is to secure life and properties of the citizens,” the PDP argued.

The party also stated that given the urgency of the security situation in the country, it has become imperative that President Buhari convenes an emergency Council of State meeting for a review of the prevailing dangerous security atmosphere in our country.

The PDP further called on the National Assembly to pass a vote of no confidence in Isa Patimi and insist on his immediate removal as a minister.

“The National Assembly should also immediately summon the Security Chiefs for a thorough investigation on the circumstances resulting in the failure of our security system,” the opposition party demanded.

The PDP urged Nigerians to remain at alert and keep hopes alive, adding that the nightmare of the APC administration will be over by May 2023.

Kuje Prison Attack: 7 Things We Know So Far

 

Late on Tuesday night, there was a terrifying attack on the Kuje Correctional Centre.

The assault which involved the use of explosives and guns, left many within the area perplexed and scared.

As at the early hours on Wednesday, it was still not clear what had transpired, however, the authorities and witnesses have been dishing out information regarding the attack which again has left many Nigerians questioning what really is going on in the country.

Having continued to diligently follow the breaking story and emerging new developments, we bring you seven major things which we have learnt so far.

1. Five killed

Speaking on the incident, the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) said a total of five persons were killed in the course of the attack. Chief Superintendent of Corrections, Umar Abubakar, disclosed in a statement on Wednesday that three inmates died in the chaos while the gunmen killed a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

2. 19 persons injured

As regards the number of those injured, Mr Abubakar said 16 inmates sustained various degree of injuries while, 3 NSCDC operatives also got seriously injured.

According to him, all are currently being treated.

 

3. Over 800 inmates escaped

Mr Abubakar also revealed that no less than 800 inmates escaped during the assault which saw vehicles burnt and parts of the facility destroyed.

He said a total of 879 inmates escaped from the facility, adding that “443 of the escapees have been recaptured while 551 inmates are currently in custody, and 443 inmates are still at large,” however, these figures do not seem to add up, especially in the light of the fact that the facility is said to have held only 994 inmates prior to the attack.

4. All 64 Boko Haram members in the facility, escaped

Following his own assessment of the incident, the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, disclosed that all 64 Boko Haram Terrorists who were in custody of the correctional centre, fled the facility.

5. DCP Abba Kyari and other VIPs are safe

Contrary to reports suggesting that DCP Abba Kyari had escaped during the attack, the NCoS said the embattled police officer and other VIPs are hail and hearty and remain in their custody.

6. Explosives were used in the assault 

In its statement, the NCoS revealed that the attackers broke into the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje using explosive devices through the main entrance and the fence of the facility respectively, it was in this attempt that a security personnel was killed.

7. Boko Haram suspected to be the orchestrators 

With the number of Boko Haram terrorists who escaped from the Kuje Prison during the attack on Tuesday night, the Minister of Defence, Bashir Magashi, said there are strong indications that it was the terrorists that invaded the facility to free their members being held in detention.

As at the time of filing this report, the insurgents had not claimed the attack as theirs, however, authorities say a full scale search is ongoing to recapture all those who have escaped.

 

Kuje Prison Attack: Over 800 Inmates Escape, Four Killed – NCoS

 

Authorities of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCoS) say over 800 inmates escaped the Kuje Prison on Tuesday night following an attack by suspected Boko Haram Terrorists. 

According to a statement by on Wednesday by the Chief Superintendent of Corrections, Umar Abubakar, a total of 879 inmates escaped from the facility.

Mr Abubakar further stated that “443 of the escapees have been recaptured while 551 inmates are currently in custody, and 443 inmates are still at large,” however, these figures are do not seem to add up, especially in the light that the facility is said to have held only 994 inmates prior to the attack.

Reeling out more information regarding the incident, the Corrections Officer disclosed that four inmates died in the chaos while 16 others sustained various degree of injuries and are being treated at the moment.

He, however, emphasized that efforts are ongoing to recapture all fleeing inmates.

The Chief Superintendent of Corrections while revealing that the attackers broke into the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje using explosive devices through the main entrance and the fence of the facility respectively, said the gunmen killed a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) attached to the Custodial Centre and left three (3) other personnel of the Nigerian Correctional Service seriously injured.

Regarding the welfare of the embattled police officer, DCP Abba Kyari and other VIPs held in the facility, Mr  Abubakar said  these individuals did not escape during Tuesday’s attack.

“This is also to confirms to the general public that DCP Abba Kyari and other VIPs held in the facility did not escape. They are presently in custody, hale and hearty,” he clarified.

Abubakar who issued the statement on behalf of the Controller General of Corrections, assured Nigerians that the Service will deploy its Corrections Information Management System (CIMS) in synergy with National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to track all fleeing inmates and return them to custody.

He noted that as at the time of the attack on the Kuje facility, there were 38 military personnel on ground in addition to peratives of the Nigeria Police Force, Civil Defence, DSS and the NCoS’ Armed Squad.

This, Abubakar said are part of efforts made by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, to rejig the security architecture of the nation’s correctional facilities.

While apprising the public that some of the attackers were killed and some escaped with gunshot wounds, the NCoS’ spokesperson urged hospitals and other medical institutions and practitioners to report anyone that comes to them for treatment of gunshot injuries.

The NCoS authorities while appreciating the efforts of other security agencies for coming to the rescue of the Service in a timely manner, called on the public to volunteer useful information that may lead to the arrest of the fleeing inmates.

The Controller General of Corrections Haliru Nababa, reassured the public that the unfortunate incident is being handled with every sense of dedication and professionalism.

Nababa further extended his condolence to the families of those who lost their lives during the attack and wished the injured ones a quick recovery.

One Dead, Three Injured In Kuje Prison Attack

 

At least one person has died, with three others injured in an attack on the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

On Tuesday evening, explosions and gunshots were heard from the direction of the correctional centre, a situation that forced pandemonium among residents of the Kuje area.

READ ALSO: Tension As Gunmen Attack Kuje Prison In Abuja

Barely 24 hours after the incident, the Federal Government said suspected Boko Haram terrorists stormed the facility to rescue their members.

Men of the Nigeria Correction Service departs the Federal High Court in Abuja as they convey convicts to the Kuje Prison in Abuja. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
Men of the Nigeria Correction Service depart the Federal High Court in Abuja as they convey convicts to the Kuje Prison in Abuja. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Mister Shuaibu Belgore, stated this on Wednesday during a visit to the facility.

He explained that over 300 of the inmates have been retrieved and more are on the way, adding that about 600 prison inmates fled in the attack last night.

Although the police authorities have yet to issue a formal statement on the matter, a spokesperson for the Nigerian Correctional Service, AD Umar, said normalcy had been restored after security agencies intervened.

“I wish to confirm that about 2200hrs, some yet-to-be-identified gunmen attacked the Medium Security Custodial Centre, Kuje in the Federal Capital Territory,” Umar said.

“However, men of the Armed Squad of the Nigerian Correctional Service and other security agencies attached to the Custodial centre have responded and calm has been restored to the facility and the situation is under control.”

This is not the first time gunmen will attack correctional centres in the country, releasing inmates while killing some security officials.

During an attack on the Owerri prison in Imo State on April 4, 2021, gunmen had freed 1,844 prisoners after using explosives to gain entry into the facility.

The attackers made their way into the Owerri prison in Imo state, engaging guards in a gun battle before storming the prison.

Nigerian Prisons Commit To Strengthening Security In Facilities

Nigerian PrisonsThe Nigerian Prisons Service has said it is committed to strengthening its programmes on security measures in order to fulfill its reformatory role to inmates.

The Controller of Prisons in Lagos, Mr Tinuoye Olumide, said this during his visit to the female prisons in Kirikiri, southwest Nigeria.

Speaking on Monday in the course of his familiarisation tour, Mr Olumide also reacted to the issues of security breaches in the prisons.

He assured that none of those found culpable of aiding and abetting such criminality would be spared.

The visit is sequel to the Kuje jail break in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory where two inmates of the prison were said to have escaped in June.

In its reaction, the House of Representatives called for the installation of closed circuit cameras at strategic areas in Nigerian prisons.

The lawmakers also stressed the need to urgently recruit more personnel into the Service in order to enhance security.

INEC To Conclude FCT Elections On Wednesday

INECThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13, conclude the cancelled Chairmanship and Councilorship elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Commission said the Saturday, April 9 elections in the areas were cancelled due to non-compliance with the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended), and the approved INEC guidelines and regulations.

The elections were cancelled for three reasons namely: violence, over voting and non use of the Smart Card Reader (SCR).

A total of 39, 647 registered voters are expected to participate in tomorrow’s elections.

In Abaji Area Council, the Commission will conclude Chairmanship and Councillorship elections in two Polling Units of two (2) Wards, namely: Nuku and Gawu, with a total of 3,513 voters expected to participate.

In Bwari Area Council, Councillorship elections will be concluded in two (2) Wards and three Polling Units with a total of 5,522 registered voters.

The Commission will conclude Chairmanship election in one Ward (IBWA) and two (2) Polling Units in Gwagwalada Area Council with a total of 1,881 registered voters.

In Kuje Area Council, Chairmanship and Councillorship elections will also be concluded in 12 Polling Units of eight (8) Wards, with a total of 13,368 voters. The Wards are: Gwargwada, Kwaku, Kuje Central, Chibiri, Gudunkarya, Rubochi, Yenche and Kabi.

The Commission will conclude Chairmanship and Councillorship elections in six (6) wards and fourteen (14) Polling Units of AMAC.

The affected wards are: Karu, Garki, Gwarinpa, Gui, Karshi and Nyanya. A total of 15,363 voters are expected to participate in the elections.

The Area Councils affected are Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC). Chairmanship elections will be concluded in four (4) Area Councils of: Abaji, Gwagwalada, Kuje and AMAC while Councillorship elections will be concluded in four (4) Area Councils.

FCT Election Records Low Turnout

BayelsaThe Federal Capital Territory Council polls has recorded a low turnout of voters amidst tight security.

Although the situation was different in the outskirts of the city centre, where turn out of voters can be said to be impressive.

Many of the voters told Channels Television that voting started at 7.45AM amidst tight security by officers of the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies.

However, some agents of political parties participating in the area council elections in Abuja have commended the FCT Independent Electoral Commission for distributing election materials on time.

Meanwhile, a representative of INEC said the late arrival of security officials to the distribution venue was the initial challenge they had.

The INEC official, however, assured that the Commission has deployed enough personnel to handle the conduct of the election.

Officials started leaving for their pooling units with voting materials as early as 7:25AM.

Six area councils namely Karu, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Gwagwalada, Kuje, Bwari and Kwali are participating in the exercise expected to elect chairmen and councillors into the area councils.